The presidency is WAY out of control, Glenn says. Because anytime a president says something along the lines of ‘If Congress won’t act, then I will,’ warning bells should ring immediately. And that’s what President Biden suggested last week during a speech on climate change action. But despite the far-left's desire for more control, the president CANNOT make laws. In this clip, Glenn explains why that presidential limitation is extremely important…
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: We're standing in the threshold, one more step, and I think we're in big trouble. And the world is going to change. And we have to be prepared for it. And we have to be willing to stand up. But the center won't hold anymore. When you have 4-year-olds shooting at police. When you have 6-year-olds beating on police officers. When you have a guy who tried to stab a candidate in New York, who failed in his attempt to assassinate that guy. That they take him to jail. And the judge releases him that night, on his own recognizance. We're in a different league, entirely.
When you have the FBI going door-to-door, as they are in Delaware, and as they are threatening to do to the sheriffs in Missouri, demanding that they see your gun, or demanding, that they get all of the names of people that have a concealed carry permit, you are in a different world.
When you have a president saying he is going to issue an emergency order and declare a national emergency, on climate of all things. You're about to lose your -- your republic. The only state of emergency that needs to be declared right now, is the state of emergency that we have with our own federal government, and this president. Because the presidency is way out of control. No matter what party the president is from, when they say any version -- well, since Congress won't act, I will. That should have alarm bells going off at every single person. I don't care if Donald Trump said it. Ronald Reagan said it. When they say, if Congress will not act, I will. That is a direct violation of the president's oath of office. Most Americans have no idea how weak the office of the president should be. But Woodrow Wilson put the cabinet together. His little advisers. And then those little advisers hired people. And they made all of these departments. And now, the president can tell these departments exactly what to do. And in effect, he makes laws. And I think Americans prefer it this way. I really do. But you have no one to answer to you, if that is the case. But I think people prefer it that way. They want somebody that they like, they voted for. To have a magic scepter that can just -- they can wave that magic scepter over. And control prices. And give you free stuff. And define marriage. And provide abortions. And protect you from climate change. But that's unconstitutional. None of those jobs are listed in the Constitution for the president. None of them. Not even close. In fact, let me give you a quick reminder here, that maybe you can share with your friends, that prefer the magic scepter presidency. The Founders put Congress in front and center in the Constitution. Not the president. And here's why: They had major kingophobia. Okay? It's like Germany, right after Hitler. They're like, okay. Let's not do that again. And they knew that men would try to gather more and more power, and consolidate that power, and that was everything they were trying to get away from. So, so what did they do? Well, they were very cautious when they put together the office of the president. The executive branch. After the preamble. The very first line of the article says, all legislative powers, herein granted, shall -- shall be vested in a Congress, of the United States. Which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. So all legislative power is granted to Congress, not the EPA, not the FDA. They could be there, I guess to enforce. But they don't make the rules. Congress does. It means no legislative power, is granted to the president. Now, I know you know this. But I'm not sure about the rest of America. The president can't make laws. So if the president can't make laws, well, what's his job then? Well, the first thing the Constitution instructs the president to do, is to take an oath. To, quote, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. That's his top priority. Yet, now, the Constitution, that's just left for some crazy wacko conservative judges on the Supreme Court. No. That's the whole point. The whole point of government, is to protect the rights of the people that come from God. And when a government becomes hostile to those rights, the people need to rethink things. The president can negotiate treaties. He can grant pardons. He's the commander-in-chief. Supreme Court justices. He can appoint other positions. Again, with Senate approval. He can give Congress a State of the Union, in a written report! It doesn't have to be a speech. That was Woodrow Wilson. Stop it! He can recommend measures that he thinks are important for their consideration. He's expected to receive the heads of state. He's expected to make sure the laws are faithfully executed. And that's it. That's it.
The Founders knew, executive power will become executive abuse. So they designed the Constitution with -- with precision. To ensure the president was kept in check. Yeah. He had veto power over legislation. But that could be reversed by two-thirds majority in Congress. And, by the way, the president was just like, I don't like that. The president had veto power, if he felt it was unconstitutional. And he could make appointments. Most of them had to be confirmed in the Senate. In other words, the people kept the president in check. House of Representatives. The Senate. And the people. The Constitution as it was ratified, gives the president very few powers. There's nothing in the Congress -- or nothing in the Constitution, that talks about his agenda. Or taking action, because the Congress won't. Everything about corrective action, you know, when he doesn't like it, he think just -- he can just say, oh, you know what, we're not listening to the Supreme Court at that time. That's not in the Constitution. The only way forward, is for people to learn the Constitution and dial back the out-of-control presidential power. I warn you. The president's -- the office of the president is going to spook the hell out of people. I think I know what side it's coming from. But maybe we dodged a bullet this time. And not to mention time, it will spook the hell out of the other half of America. We must dial back his power.